Bokaro Thermal Power Station

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Bokaro Thermal Power Station is an operating power station of at least 500-megawatts (MW) in Kathara, Bokaro, Jharkhand, India with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Bokaro Thermal Power Station Kathara, Bokaro, Jharkhand, India 23.782944, 85.883391 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Bokaro B Unit 3, Bokaro B Unit 1, Bokaro B Unit 2, Bokaro A Unit 5: 23.782944, 85.883391

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Bokaro B Unit 3 retired coal - bituminous 210 subcritical 1993 2021
Bokaro B Unit 1 retired coal - bituminous 210 subcritical 1986 2017
Bokaro B Unit 2 retired coal - bituminous 210 subcritical 1990 2017
Bokaro A Unit 5 operating coal - bituminous 500 subcritical 2016

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Bokaro B Unit 3 Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]
Bokaro B Unit 1 Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]
Bokaro B Unit 2 Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]
Bokaro A Unit 5 Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Permit(s): November 30, 2007 – Environmental Clearance


Bokaro A (decommissioned): Units 1-3 of 45 MW each were built in 1953, and Unit 4 of 40 MW was built in 1960. The four units were decommissioned in 2000.[1][2]

Bokaro B: Units 1-3 of 210 MW each (subcritical) were built in 1986, 1990, and 1993.[3] Units 1-2 were retired in 2017.[4] Unit 3 reportedly retired by April 2021.[5]


In 2012, the State Bank of India announced that it would provide US$189,811,151 in loans to the project, while another US$135,591,649 would be provided by other, unspecified, banks. Damodar Valley Corporation agreed to contribute US$149,138,034 in equity to the project.[6]

Bokaro A Expansion

DMC proposed a 500 megawatt (MW) expansion of the Bokaro A plant.[7] The plant was under construction and in 2012 was projected to be completed in June 2014.[8]

The new 500 MW unit was reported as delayed in March 2014.[9]

The new unit was synchronized in March 2016 and planned for commercial operation in June 2016.[10][11]

Coal ash pond

As of a 2005 publication, the Bokaro Thermal Power Station (and Gargail coal washery) released fly ash and other coal pollutants directly into a nearby river, which was reported as having severe water quality issues. Some estimates found that 600 tons of coal particles and ash flowed directly into the river on a daily basis.[12]

The area is plagued with environmental and public health issues related to the coal industry.[13]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Bokaro A Coal Power Station India (shutdown)," Global Energy Observatory, accessed March 2012
  2. Damodar Valley Corporation, "Growth Plans: 11th Plan Capacity Addition Programme", Damodar Valley Corporation website, accessed November 2011.
  3. "Bokaro B (DVC) Coal Power Station India," Global Energy Observatory, accessed Jan 2016
  4. "Proposal for deletion of Chandrapura TPS unit no. 2(130MW) and Bokaro TPS Unit#1&2(2x210MW) of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) from National Grid," India CEA, Sep 4, 2017
  5. "Retirement of Unit No. 3 (210 MW)," CEA, May 25, 2021
  6. Ray, Atmadip. "SBI group to finance 70% of DVC's new Bokaro Thermal unit". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  7. "BTPS ‘A’ GENERATING UNITS" Bokaro A, Damodar Valley Corporation website, accessed January 2012.
  8. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, September 2012
  9. "DVC trims power target," The Telegraph, Mar 31, 2014
  10. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  11. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, November 2015
  12. S.K. Agarwal, Water Pollution, (APH Publishing, 2005), page 113.
  13. "Bokaro Thermal: How are people facing the twin problem of power plant and coal mines pollution," Newsroot, December 7, 2022

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